We already brought you the Best Happy Hour in 17 Houston ‘Hoods, but since we really, truly like you guys, we’re not stopping there. Enter oyster happy hour, the kind of magic that only exists in lands perfectly primed for coastal cuisine. From cheap guys on the half shell to buttery, chargrilled numbers, here are 18 spots to get your Houston oyster happy hour on:
Your Definitive Guide to the Best Oyster Happy Hours in Houston
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The deal: Get them fresh on the half shell with salsa bruja and lime or wood-roasted and absolutely dripping in chipotle butter for up to half off. $7/half dozen, $13/dozen. Vuelve a la Vida -- a half-dozen raw gulf oysters and a glass of their weekly oyster wine is $13.50. Or have a bottle of Mumm's Cordon Rouge Champagne and half-dozen of the wood-roasted oysters for $65 (seasonal).
When: Sun-Fri, 3-7pm; Sat before 5pm
The deal: Voodoo hour means half off a dozen raw oysters
When: Mon-Fri, 3-6:30pm
The deal: Hit the oyster room to get a spectacular lineup of HH oysters, including Sea Wings (Gulf of Mexico, TX), Point Aux Pins (Grand Bay, AL), and Standfish Shore (Duxbury, MA) for $1 to $3 each.
When: Mon-Fri, 3-6pm
The deal: $1 oyster Mondays
When: Mondays (duh) all day
The deal: $3 each East Coast oysters with hushuppies
When: Continual cocktail hour 4pm to close
The deal: A half-dozen oysters on the half shell for $6.99
When: Mon-Fri, 3-7pm
Upper Kirby/Sugar Land/Woodlake
The deal: Gulf oysters on the half shell $6 for half, $10 for dozen. Char-grilled oysters $10 for half, $19 for dozen (Kirby & Sugar Land only)
When: Mon-Fri, 3-7pm
The deal: $1 oysters
When: Wed-Sat, 4-7pm
The deal: Shell-roasted oysters for $7 ($6 for a platter of fried); Thursday raw oyster night $7.95 per dozen (limited time only)
When: Mon-Fri, 3-7pm; Sat-Sun, 11am-5pm; Thurs special, 4-10pm
The deal: Prime Time happy hour with bites includes $2 oysters on the half shell and half-off cornmeal fried oysters ($8 instead of $16) at the bar.
When: Sun-Fri, 5-7pm
The deal: Raw oysters $10/dozen or $.90 each
When: Mon-Fri, 4-7pm and Sat, 2-7pm
The deal: $6 half-dozen oysters on the half shell and $7 half-dozen delicious as hell chargrilled oysters (available in three flavors: Rockefeller, New Orleans BBQ, Singapore Black Pepper).
When: Mon all day; Tues-Fri, 4-7pm
The deal: Get a chef-selected freshly shucked oyster trio for $7 (bar area only)
When: Mon-Fri, 4-7pm; Mon-Thurs, 9pm-close; Sun 8pm-close
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The deal: $10 for batter-fried oysters in a light curry with pickled Asian cucumbers
The deal: $6 snacks including crispy fried oysters
The deal: Fried oysters $5 ($10 large)
The deal: $8 crispy oysters, semolina-dusted and deep-fried with spinach and leek fondue, Sriracha aioli, and BACON.
When: 11am to close at the bar
The deal: $8 Fried Oysters
When: Mon-Fri, 4-8pm
1. Holley's Seafood Restaurant & Oyster Bar3201 Louisiana St, Houston
2. Caracol2200 Post Oak Blvd Ste 160, Houston
3. BB's Cajun Cafe2710 Montrose Blvd, Houston
4. State of Grace3256 Westheimer Rd, Houston
5. Julep1919 Washington Ave Ste A, Houston
6. Sam's Boat5720 Richmond Ave (& Other Locations), Houston
7. Ragin Cajun930 Main St (& Other Locations), Houston
8. Tarakaan2301 Main St Ste 200, Houston
9. Goode Company Seafood2621 Westpark Dr, Houston
10. The Palm Restaurant6100 Westheimer Rd, Houston
11. Danton's Gulf Coast Seafood Kitchen4611 Montrose , Houston
12. Prohibition Supperclub & Bar1008 Prairie St, Houston
13. Oceanaire Seafood Room2001 Post Oak Blvd, Houston
14. Eddie V's Prime Seafood2800 Kirby Dr Ste A100, Houston
15. PESKA Seafood Culture1700 Post Oak Blvd Ste 190, Houston
16. Reef2600 Travis St, Houston
17. Paul's Kitchen2502 Algerian Way, Houston
With multiple dining rooms – including a more casual one with an oyster shucking station -- this Midtown eatery dishes out seafood done the Southern way. Chef Mark Holley is covering all the bases with crudo, ceviche, raw oysters, caviar service, and a bourbon program, too. The interior is sleek and modern, with dark wooden accents and big windows. The drinks produced through Holley's cocktail program are not to be missed either.
This glassy, sleek eatery in Midtown serves up seafood-centered Mexican fare including starters like salsa-topped oysters and headlining shrimp tacos and pan seared daily catches. Frequent happy hours, only at the bar, get you plenty of liquored up treats with salted rims and leafy garnishes like the Cuba Moderna with rum aged over 12 years.
This Cajun eatery in Montrose is a neighborhood staple serving up Texas and New Orleans cuisine in a laid back atmosphere. Get your hands on Cajun classics like ettouffe and crawfish boils in addition to full loaded po-boys. All of the food is pretty gut-busting, so bring some friends to go in on shareable apps like loaded fries. BB's is open late, making it the perfect stop after a night out.
Atlanta restaurateur and Houston native chef Ford Fry has brought his culinary magic back home with this modern, globally and coastally inspired lodge. Former Ciao Bello chef Bobby Matos mans the open kitchen and the giant, wood-fired hearth, offering you not only great food but an entertaining and immersive experience. There's a great oyster program and an upscale, vintage feel to the space, with a marble bar and handsome wooden and leather furniture.
The bar has an old-school, punky Southern charm that we haven’t seen the likes of in Houston before (think big back porch and a copper-accented historic space). Come for masterfully crafted cocktails and cold seafood dishes from former Pass & Provisions Chef Adam Garcia.
Sam’s Boat locations have become the place to be for great food, outstanding service and excellence in sports entertainment. They are also known for great people watching, excellent live music and a fun place to meet new friends while hanging out on the outdoor decks.
The Ragin Cajun boasts some of the best cajun food in all of Houston.
With one of the coolest looking bars— think exposed brick walls with floor to ceiling geishas painted over it, this spot not only has great Asian fusion cuisine (get the pad thai) but has a really beautiful and cozy atmosphere with custom cocktails like the Champagne Firecracker.
Built into a tin railroad car that reveals a seating area set up railroad-style, Goode Company Seafood offers a dining experience that is fresh, seafood-based, and charmingly novel. The staff is knowledgable -- as they should be with all the original seafood concoctions served up here -- and while a dinner wait is a near-constant, the line moves just as fast as the guy slicing the moist, mesquite-smoked brisket in front of your eyes, so you can be in and out of there as fast as you can take down a three-meat plate with brisket, jalapeño sausage, pork ribs, baked beans, and potato salad.
Storied chain serving high-end steakhouse fare, seafood & diverse wines in clubby surrounds.
Occupying the bottom floor of Montrose's Chelsea Market, Danton's Gulf Coast Seafood Kitchen is a timeless 200-seat seafood restaurant with both a dining room and a separate oyster bar. You won't find any fast-fleeing trends in the atmosphere or the food here, just a constant after-work dinner rush and a menu full of Southern favorites. Big groups can usually be found around a platter of fresh-shucked oysters, and temptation for grilled fish or steak rarely bows out.
This sultry, '20s era supper club doubles as a cabaret, featuring The Moonlight Dolls on Thurs-Sat, making sucking down Oysters Rockefeller, crispy stuffed pig trotter, and garlic butter lobster twice the fun. Add a couple of old-fashioned cocktails to reach nirvana.
Only top-of-the-catch fish from the world's most reputable suppliers is served, and each dish is carefully crafted to ensure the restaurant's high standards of quality and flavor are exceeded.
The finest seafood and steaks. World-class wine and service. And live jazz in the V lounge.
After opening two successful restaurants in Mexico, sibling owners Maite and Diego set their sights on Houston. This aquatic-themed eatery and seafood market is serving up fresh, Mexican-inspired in Galleria. Peska also has an impressive raw bar and a hired “seafood sommelier” who will assist you in picking a fresh catch to fit your tastes.
This spot bounces around on lists of the best seafood restaurants in the US, and for good reason. Jumbo Crab Cakes, Crispy Skin Snapper, and Red Fish on the Half-Shell are all favorites, which along with their 400 label wine list makes this a definite winner.
These two Pauls (one of Osteria Mazzantini, one of Union Kitchen) are the kinda Pauls you want to know. Why? Because they teamed up to sling farm-fresh eats like braised goat empanadas, smoked Berkshire pork belly, and juicy fried chicken straight into your belly.